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The release process is fully automated so you can release a new version just by bumping version number in package.json. However, there are several chances to adjust both version and changelog if you wish to do so for a reason.

In order for the automation to work properly, contributors must follow the contributing guidelines.

How It Works

  1. Pull requests are automatically labelled by branch name. Labels are then used for:

  2. resolving next semantic version number (BREAKING.FEATURE.PATCH),

  3. grouping changes in changelog.

  4. Release draft with changelog is generated as pull requests are merged into the master branch. Invididual PR names are listed and grouped by type based on label(s) added to them previously.

See the source of .github/workflows for details.

Release Process

  1. As you go: make sure all contributions follow the contributing guidelines, especially the Git workflow (correct PR names and branch names). Check out the release draft on GitHub releases page to see what the changelog looks like and what will be the next version number.

Don't edit manually until you are ready to publish the release. Release draft is automatically overwritten everytime a change is merged to master.

  1. Manual: once you are ready to publish a release:

  2. Bump the version number in package.json and package-lock.json. Make sure it matches the intended version number in the release draft. Don't combine this step with any other changes, they wouldn't be reflected in the changelog.

  3. Now is also your chance to review and adjust (if necessary) the intended version and actual changelog before the release is published. Automatic release drafting is skipped when a version change in package.json is detected so this time your changes will not be overwritten. Save your changes in release draft with the Save draft button, do not publish yet!

  4. Get back to the repository, commit both files as Bump version to <VERSION_NUMBER> in release/<VERSION_NUMBER> branch, create a pull request, hold your breath, and—merge it.

  5. Automatic: once the release pull request from step 2.3 is merged, the following actions are triggered automatically:

  6. GitHub release draft with name corresponding to the version number from step 2 is published.

  7. Git tag with the version number from step 2 is added to master branch.
  8. Package is built and published to npm package registry.
  9. Documentation is built and deployed to production.

Note: prefix version number with v everywhere except in package.json and package-lock.json.